Marines dead, miss­ing in crash

The Weekend Australian - - WORLD -

One US marine has been killed and res­cue teams are search­ing for five oth­ers af­ter two Marine Corps air­craft col­lided in mid-air and crashed into the sea off the coast of Japan.

Ja­panese and US of­fi­cials have so far found two of the seven marines who were aboard the F/A-18 Hor­net fighter jet and KC-130 Her­cules, which crashed dur­ing a re­fu­elling ex­er­cise on Thurs­day.

“One of the re­cov­ered marines is in fair con­di­tion and the other has been de­clared de­ceased by com­pe­tent med­i­cal per­son­nel,” the Marine Corps said.

US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump ex­pressed grat­i­tude to Japan for its quick as­sis­tance with search and res­cue ef­forts.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred about 2am lo­cal time, about 320km off the Ja­panese coast.

A US Navy P-8A pa­trol and sur­veil­lance air­craft were help­ing in search and res­cue ef­forts along with Ja­panese au­thor­i­ties.

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